Wyomissing rallies past Wilson in BCIAA girls basketball quarterfinals

Rich Scarcella, Reading Eagle, Pa.
·3 min read

Feb. 24—When Wyomissing fell behind Wilson by six points with 4 1/2 minutes to go, Abby Doyle looked in the eyes of her teammates and saw no panic.

The Spartans had been in that situation before.

"When we get in that position, we need to find a way to get back up and get points quick," Doyle said. "We know how to fix it. We need to keep going. We need to push harder. We ended up pushing through tonight."

Wyomissing cranked up its defensive pressure and Doyle made a game-tying 3-pointer as the Spartans rallied past the visiting Bulldogs 45-43 in a Berks Girls Basketball League quarterfinal Tuesday night.

Vicky Heliodoro sank two go-ahead free throws with 1:01 to go and sent Wyomissing (11-5) into the semifinals against top-seeded Gov. Mifflin Wednesday night in Shillington.

"It's so exciting," Doyle said. "There's so much joy. It's a great feeling that you can move forward. It'll be a challenge against Mifflin."

With Wilson (9-9) holding its largest lead of the night at 41-35, Doyle began the comeback with a layup off a feed from Lily Seyfert. Ava Gehman drained a 3-pointer with an assist from Doyle to make it a one-point game.

Keira Levengood found Kelsey Moschak for a layup, which gave Wilson a 43-40 lead and turned out to be her team's final points. The Bulldogs committed turnovers on their next four trips.

"We switched to man-to-man after playing zone," Spartans coach Aaron Anders said. "That was the difference. Things shifted. We made things happen."

Seyfert drove and kicked it back to Doyle on the left wing for an open 3-pointer that tied it with 1:52 to go.

"It was huge, absolutely huge," Anders said. "She's known for that. She plays hard on both ends of the floor. It's very difficult for teams to hone in on Lily when you have Abby. They complement each other so well."

Seyfert finished with 15 points and Doyle had 11 for Wyomissing, which has won four straight.

Amiyah Nguyen had 10 points for Wilson, which went a dreadful 3-for-14 from the free throw line. Moschak, who helped limit Seyfert to 6-of-17 shooting, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12 seconds to go and the Bulldogs down two.

"It's not where we want it," Wilson coach Chris Gallo said of his team's foul shooting. "We pride ourselves on that. We're at 55% for the year, which is way too low. It was really bad tonight. A lot of that was nerves. They were tight. You could tell. It will get better."

The Bulldogs are one of the top defensive teams in the league and showed it Tuesday, holding Wyomissing to 17-of-49 shooting from the field and forcing 17 turnovers.

"I'm never really satisfied on that end of the floor," Gallo said. "We played a lot better in the second half, but you have to finish defense with rebounds and there were about five that we didn't get in the last two minutes."

Doyle snared a critical one in the final seconds before Wyomissing turned it over. Wilson got off a desperation shot that never made it to the rim.

"There was no wavering when we were down six," Anders said. "That was the key. Our senior leadership has been fantastic. That goes for Lily, Abby, Ava and Caroline Blickley. They did not waver."